Continua Health Alliance Announces the formal release of its Version One Design Guidelines

After two years of work from more than 175 companies around the world, Continua
Health Alliance
is proud to announce the formal release of its Version One
Design Guidelines and the Continua Certification Program. These guidelines
encompass connectivity for vital sign devices (pulse oximeter, blood pressure
cuff, thermometer, weight scale, glucose meter), cardiovascular fitness
equipment and independent living activity monitors.

“I’m proud to welcome the first Continua Certified product to the
global marketplace from industry leader and Continua Promoter member Nonin
Medical, Inc.,” said David Whitlinger, Continua Health Alliance President.
“Nonin Medical’s engineers have worked diligently with other telehealth leaders
in the alliance to produce the Continua Version One Guidelines, with the goal
of building Continua’s vision for interoperable and personal healthcare.”

In addition to the Continua Version One Design Guidelines,
Continua also provides its members with a large library of reference software
that represent all of the connectivity interfaces in Version One. The Continua
Enabling Source Code Library (CESL) represents an investment of nearly $1
million to accelerate member companies’ product development.

These accomplishments come at a time of high momentum for
Continua, as the alliance prepares to welcome hundreds of its members to its
upcoming international summits in Tokyo and Barcelona. Held across the world,
these summits give Continua members the opportunity to network during
face-to-face working group meetings. These events also include keynotes
delivered by industry thought leaders, product demos, networking activities,
and updates on recent accomplishments and roadmaps.

Ken Rubin on Practical Guide to SOA in Healthcare

From SOA Consortium

The Practical Guide to SOA in Healthcare, an output of the Healthcare Services Specification Project (HSSP), is a collaborative work of the OMG Healthcare Task Force & Health Level 7 (HL7).
The goal of HSSP is to develop SOA specifications for health,
specifically defining healthcare business services to enable
interoperability between organizations across the health domain.

not a standard, the practical guide provides context and guidance for
healthcare IT organizations and professionals considering SOA. Using a
fictitious example, the practical guide presents an 8-step process to
establish a healthcare SOA, from enterprise architecture through
sustainment, and includes valuable lessons learned.

During his
talk, Rubin spoke of the current state of global healthcare, and
anticipated changes with the new U.S. administration and Health IT
programs. Walking through the practical guide, meeting attendees were
keenly interested in the healthcare function to service mapping and the
reference architecture. Rubin emphasized that the reference
architecture is a starting point for people to think about the problem,
and extend and amend for their own situations.

1st International Enterprise X.0 Workshop: From Web 2.0 in Enterprises towards a Corporate Web X.0, Poznan, Poland, April 27, 28 or 29, 2009

In conjunction with 12th International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS 2009)

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2009

After the first generation Web which started with handwritten HTML
pages, the second generation made the step to machine generated and
often active HTML pages. Since these first two generations were meant
for direct human processing (reading, browsing, form-filling) the third
generation Web, the "Semantic Web" and Web 2.0 provide machine
processable information and social (horizontal) collaboration,
respectively. Furthermore, since over the last decades, the World Wide
Web has rapidly evolved into a vast repository containing huge amounts
of decentralized information on all matters of interest and is now
evolving from the medium intended for human utilization into a medium
for collaborative knowledge generation and intelligent knowledge
exchange achieving the time-to-market demanded in a competitive
environment, we think the time is ripe for the next visionary view and
question: What is the next, logical step after the use of the Web 1.0,
Web 2.0 and semantic technologies in business settings?

In this context we are organizing a workshop that addresses visionaries
(researchers and practitioners) who are working not only on Web-based
information systems using Web 2.0 and Semantic Web technologies in the
business context but are looking forward to exploiting the next wave of
Web developments – Corporate Web X.0. The audience will get an overview
how new trends in and after the Web 2.0 and Semantic Web era can
influence corporate processes and where benefits for the business world
are to be found.


  • Enterprise 2.0 & X.0
  • Business Models for Enterprise X.0
  • Convergence of Web 2.0 and Semantic Web in the corporate context
  • Best practices & guidelines for application of Web 2.0 and Semantic Web
    technologies in corporate contexts:
  • Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)
  • Business Process Modeling (BPM)
  • Enterprise Information Integration (EII)
  • Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
  • Human Resources Management (HR)
  • SOA and Semantic Web Services in business
  • Corporate Semantic Web & Corporate Web X.0


Papers must be submitted in PDF format according to Springer LNBIP
template available from
We invite submissions of papers no longer than 12LNBIP pages (including
figures, references and appendices).

Submission system is available at;conf=enterprisex02009.

Papers approved for presentation at the workshop will be published in
BIS 2009 workshop post-proceedings, as a volume in Springer's Lecture
Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series.


All authors of accepted papers as well as other participants will be
asked to read accepted papers abstracts before the workshop (papers will
be available on-line in advance) to facilitate discussion.
Workshop participants will be also invited to take part in the BIS
conference and other BIS workshops.


  • February 1, 2009 – submission of papers
  • March 1, 2009 – notification of acceptance
  • March 15, 2009 – camera-ready
  • April 27, 28 or 29, 2009 – Enterprise X.0 Workshop


  • Malgorzata Mochol, Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • Lyndon JB Nixon, STI International Wien, Austria
  • Markus Luczak-Roesch, Free University of Berlin, Germany

    PROGRAM COMMITTEE (to be extended)

    • Diego Burrueta, CTIC, Spain
    • Christoph Bussler, Merced Systems, Inc., USA
    • Orri Erling, OpenLink Software, UK
    • Agata Filipowska, The Poznan University of Ecomonics, Poland
    • David de Francisco, Telefonica, Spain
    • Marko Grobelnik, Josef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
    • Tudor Groza, DERI Galway, Ireland
    • Thomas Hoppe, Ontonym GmbH, Germany
    • Ora Lassila, Nokia, USA
    • Alain Leger, France Telekom, France
    • Dickson Lucose, MIMOS, Malaysia
    • Jeff Pan, University Aberdeen, UK
    • Tassilo Pellegrini, Semantic Web Company, Austria
    • Kai-Uwe Schmidt, SAP, Germany
    • Pavel Shvaiko, TasLab, Informatica Trentina, Italy
    • Vojtech Svatek, University of Economics Prague, Czech Republic
    • Robert Tolksdorf, Free University Berlin, Germany
    • Hannes Werthner, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
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    Eclipse Open Source Software and OMG Open Specifications Symposium, Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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    Eclipse and OMG have jointly organized a one-day symposium to promote and build on the partnership between Eclipse’s open source software and OMG’s open specifications. The symposium is organized as a series of presentation sessions and discussions on corresponding OMG specifications and Eclipse projects. In each case the purpose will be to discuss the alignment between current specification and implemented software, and identify areas where the cooperation could be further improved in the future.

    This symposium is a unique opportunity to participate in shaping the joint future of the Eclipse Open Source community and the OMG Open Specifications community. Please join us for a day of stimulating technical planning and discussion.


    09:00-09:45 Introduction & Symposium Overview
    Kenn Hussey, Program Manager, EA/Studio, Embarcadero Technologies, Inc.
    Co-chair, Eclipse/OMG Symposia Program Committee
    09:45-10:45 Session 1: MetaObject Facility (MOF)
    Presentations by:
    Hajo Eichler, Senior Architect, ikv++ technologies ag
    Pete Rivett, CTO, Adaptive
    10:45-11:00 Morning Refreshments
    11:00-12:00 Session 2: UML & Profiles
    Presentations by:
    James Bruck, Software Developer, IBM
    Dave Carlson, Architect, David Carlson & Associates, Inc.
    12:00-14:00 Lunch & OMG Plenary Presentations
    14:00-15:00 Session 3: Queries/Views/Transformations (QVT)
    Presentations by:
    Victor Roldan Betancort, Researcher, Open Canarias S.L.
    Eduardo Victor Sánchez Rebull, Telecommunications Engineer, Open Canarias S.L.
    15:00-15:30 Session 4: Object Constraint Language (OCL)
    Presentation by:
    Christian W. Damus, Software Developer, IBM
    15:30-15:45 Afternoon Refreshments
    15:45-16:45 Session 5: Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM)
    Presentations by:
    Elisa Kendall, CEO, Sandpiper Software
    Francisco Jose Marquina Muñoz, Software Engineer, Push the Button
    16:45-17:00 Wrap-up / Next Steps
    Ed Merks, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Toronto Software Lab
    Eclipse Modeling Project Lead

    IBM Opens New 3D Virtual Healthcare Island on Second Life

    Interactive environment displays IBM’s vision for consumer-driven healthcare

    ORLANDO, FL – 24 Feb 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) debuted at HIMSS®08 its newest island in Second Life: IBM Virtual Healthcare Island.  The island is a unique, three-dimensional representation of the challenges facing today’s healthcare industry and the role information technology will play in transforming global healthcare-delivery to meet patient needs. 

    The island supports the strategic healthcare vision that IBM released in October 2006, entitled, Healthcare 2015: Win-Win or Lose-Lose, A Portrait and a Path to Successful Transformation.  The paper paints a picture of a Healthcare Industry in crisis – of health systems in the United States and many other countries that will become unsustainable by the year 2015.  To avoid “lose-lose” scenarios in which global healthcare systems “hit the wall” and require immediate and forced restructuring, IBM calls for what it defines as a “win-win” option: new levels of accountability, tough decisions, hard work and focus on the consumer.

    The IBM Virtual Healthcare Island is designed with a futuristic atmosphere and provides visitors with an interactive demonstration of IBM’s open-standards-based Health Information Exchange (HIE) architecture.  Working with project leads in the U.S., the island was designed and built by an all-IBM-India team.

    Starting from the patient’s home, they create their own Personal Health Records (PHRs) in a secure and private environment and watch as it is incorporated into an array of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems that can be used at various medical facilities.  As they move from one island station to the next, they experience how the development of a totally integrated and interoperable longitudinal Electronic Health Record (EHR) is used within a highly secured network that allows access only by patient-authorized providers and family members.

    Patient avatars arrive and are welcomed at the Central Park and then visit a Central Information Hub, where IBM’s view of the healthcare industry and the power of information technology to transform it are presented.  An amphitheater on the Hub’s second floor provides an area that can support virtual meetings, complete with a large video screen and accompanying slide presentation on IBM’s HIE architecture and the positive impact that this technology can have in the transformation of the Healthcare Industry.

    Visitors can then walk, fly or use transporters to visit the various island stations:

    • The Patient’s Home:  In the secure environment of a private home, patient avatars can initiate a PHR and populate it with their personal health characteristics and clinical history, accessed and downloaded from physician EMR data.  They can also establish privacy and security preferences as well as health directives.  The ground floor demonstrates secure messaging with providers and activates the initial PHR.  Using a transporter to move upstairs, patients use home health devices to take weight, blood pressure and blood sugar readings in the privacy of a bedroom, further incorporating this information into the PHR, which is shown on presentation screens. 
    • The Laboratory: This stop offers laboratory and radiology suites to help avatars extend their understanding of the benefits of  HIE.  Here, patients can check in at a Patient Kiosk and have blood work and radiology tests performed. The use of EHRs – revealing only appropriate portions of the PHRs — shows how consumers can also benefit through cost and time savings.
    • The Clinic: Patient avatars transport or walk from the Lab to the Clinic, where a welcome from their primary-care physician awaits.  A combination of scripting and information screens supports simulation of a patient exam, after which an electronic prescription is generated, and the continued development of the EHR is explained on nearby screens. 
    • The Pharmacy: Here, avatars can check in at a Patient Kiosk that simulates the verifying of drug information.  They then receive their prescriptions and update their PHRs/EHRs with new medication data.  The HIE architecture demonstrates how use of PHR/EHR technology can prevent consumers from purchasing medications that are contra-indicated given the medicines they presently require, as well as alerting them about potential drug-to-drug interactions.  The PHR/EHR is again updated.
    • The Hospital: In this futuristic, three story structure, avatars arrive for a scheduled visit with a specialist.  Physicians’ offices, patient rooms and exam rooms are all simulated here. 
    • The Emergency Room: Avatars can chose to experience a virtual emergency by “touching” a specially scripted control.  This engages a medical episode and a ride on a fast gurney directly into the private and secure emergency treatment area, where a special screen is programmed to reveal the full incorporation of the PHR to ensure proper treatment.

    “We are pleased to offer our IBM Virtual Health Island as a tool for our healthcare customers and our worldwide sales force.  The island allows each healthcare stakeholder to envision how the total system can be affected by intercession at each juncture of the healthcare delivery process,” said Dan Pelino, General Manager, IBM Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry.  “We believe that the use of our new virtual world provides an important, next-generation Internet-based resource to show how standards; business planning; the use of a secured, extensible and expandable architecture; HIE interoperability; and data use for healthcare analytics, quality, wellness and disease management are all helping to transform our industry. “

    IBM’s Healthcare & Life Sciences (HCLS) Industry will continue to develop the new island in months to come.  The island can perform as a virtually “always on” demonstration tool for IBM’s sales personnel.  A video version of the island is also under production.

    IBM believes in the significant promise of virtual-worlds technologies far beyond today’s usage: the next evolutionary phase of the Internet. IBM is helping clients and partners to conduct business inside virtual worlds and to connect the virtual world with the real world through a richer, more immersive Web environment. 

    Second Life is a 3D online world created by Linden Lab, a company founded in 1999 by Philip Rosedale, to create a revolutionary new form of shared 3D experience.  Last October, IBM and Linden Lab announced their intent to jointly develop new technologies and methodologies based on open standards that will help advance the future of 3D virtual worlds.

    OASIS Members Demonstrate Interoperability of XACML Access Control Standard in HITSP Health Care Scenario

    San Francisco, CA, USA; 7 April 2008 — At the RSA Conference today, members of the OASIS open standards consortium, in cooperation with the Health Information Technologies Standards Panel (HITSP), demonstrated interoperability of the eXtensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) version 2.0. Simulating a real world scenario provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the demo showed how XACML ensures successful authorization decision requests and the exchange of authorization policies.

    "XACML is widely regarded as the standard for solving complex access control problems in the enterprise," noted James Bryce Clark, director of standards development at OASIS. "Today’s demo shows that XACML can play a key role in health care. By successfully enforcing fine-grained access control decisions to protected health information, XACML meets HITSP’s requirements for security and privacy."

    "We’re pleased to work with OASIS on addressing the very sensitive issues related to the access of patient information," said John (Mike) Davis, standards architect with the VHA Office of Information in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a member of the HITSP Security, Privacy and Infrastructure Technical Committee. "XACML helps ensure that patients, physicians, hospitals, public health agencies and other authorized users share critical information appropriately and securely."

    Intalio|On Demand Launched, First Ever Open Source BPM Suite as Service

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    Lowers Barriers to Adoption for BPM Projects

    PALO ALTO, Calif. — April 1, 2008 — Intalio, Inc., the leading Open Source BPMS company, today announced Intalio|On Demand, the first open source Business Process Management System delivered as a service. Intalio|On Demand is available by signing up at The subscription for the service starts at $1,500 for each dedicated server, and includes bandwidth, licenses, maintenance, and support. Users can receive a free 5-day evaluation.

    The convenience of being able to instantly deploy a BPM project lowers the bar for adoption. Business users and IT analysts can get a project up and running much quicker and without the administrative concerns associated with managing the required servers. Intalio|On Demand essentially replicates the Intalio|BPMS On Premise version and includes the connectors for as well as enterprise applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite and SAP.

    "Intalio|On Demand BPM is a fully functional, scalable, secure, and flexible enterprise ready BPM solution which will revolutionize BPM adaptability across not only large but also small and medium business spectrum," stated Srikanth Kollu, global practice head–BPM/SOA at JASS & Associates Inc. “After building some prototypes with Intalio|On Demand I was convinced that this approach was the best. We have decided to go with Intalio.” JASS & Associates develops and implements end-to-end IT solutions for clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, from diverse industry segments.

    Running dedicated servers on top of Amazon Web Services (AWS) ensures that Intalio|On Demand retains the highest level of security, reliability and availability possible. "The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud is a perfect fit for porting on-premise software to a ‘software as a service’ model", says Senior Amazon Web Services Evangelist, Jeff Barr. "Amazon EC2 allows companies like Intalio to develop new distribution channels with minimal expenditure."

    Using rPath as the software appliance on top of AWS increases application scalability to ensure that there is always capacity for whatever user demand is generated. Intalio|BPMS, in both On Demand and On Premise versions, supports over 100,000 different process models deployed on a single server, with over 100 million process instances running concurrently. A single server can also accommodate thousands of concurrent users. This means that Intalio|BPMS has more than two orders of magnitude greater capacity than any other BPM solution available today.

    According to Forrester analyst Ray Wang in the August 2007 report titled Competition Intensifies For The SMB ERP Customer, “SaaS deployment options finally put business users in the driver’s seat in software decision-making. With rapid deployment of a solution, enterprises can realize benefits in days, not weeks. Additionally, software pricing by cost/user/month enables business users to consider licenses as an operation expense instead of a capital expense. No longer do business users have to seek board approval for capital expenses or assess IT capacity. However, Forrester recommends that business units and IT teams coordinate on issues such as integration requirements, process flows, and long-term support.”*

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